Senior Policy Advisor

Expertise: Family planning; knowledge management; policy communications; population, health, and environment; research utilization; social and behavior change

Rachel Yavinsky is a senior policy advisor in International Programs. Her focus is on facilitating the sharing of information between research, practice, and policy through clear messages and innovative products. She has worked on topics including family planning; maternal, neonatal, and child health; and population, health, and environment (PHE). Previously, Yavinsky served as strategic communications and engagement lead for the Passages Project, managed PRB’s Policy Communication Fellows program, and served as research utilization and knowledge management team lead on Breakthrough RESEARCH, a USAID-funded social and behavior change research project. Yavinsky has a Master of Health Science in reproductive and perinatal health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology and anatomy from Duke University.